3 adventure movies to catch in Los Angeles theaters right now

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In the mood for some entertainment? Don't miss this week's lineup of adventure movies showing on the big screen in and around Los Angeles.

Here are the top-ranked adventure films to catch in theaters, based on critical scores sourced from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. (Movie descriptions courtesy The Movie Database; showtimes via Fandango.)

The Witches

A young boy named Luke and his grandmother go on vacation only to discover their hotel is hosting an international witch convention, where the Grand High Witch is unveiling her master plan to turn all children into mice. Will Luke fall victim to the witches' plot before he can stop them?

Boasting a critical approval rating of 100 percent and an audience score of 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this 1990 release has made a lasting impression. The site's critical consensus notes that "With a deliciously wicked performance from Angelica Huston and imaginative puppetry by Jim Henson's creature shop, Nicolas Roeg's dark and witty movie captures the spirit of Roald Dahl's writing like few other adaptations."

It's screening at Egyptian Theatre - Hollywood (6712 Hollywood Blvd.) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. Click here for showtimes and tickets.


On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary yellow VW bug.

With a 92 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 70 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Bumblebee" has garnered plenty of praise since its release on Dec. 21, with a consensus that "'Bumblebee' proves it's possible to bring fun and a sense of wonder back to a bloated blockbuster franchise -- and sets up its own slate of sequels in the bargain."

It's playing at Regal L.A. Live A Barco Innovation Center (1000 W. Olympic Blvd.), AMC Promenade 16 (21801 Oxnard St.), Pacific Northridge Fashion Center 10 (9400 Shirley Ave.), and Cinemark North Hollywood (12827 Victory Blvd.) through Wednesday, Jan. 23. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learns to harness his newfound powers with the help of the school's kindly headmaster, Harry uncovers the truth about his parents' deaths -- and about the villain who's to blame.

With an 80 percent critical approval rating and an audience score of 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" comes with positive recommendations. The site's critical consensus has it that "'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' adapts its source material faithfully while condensing the novel's overstuffed narrative into an involving -- and often downright exciting -- big-screen magical caper."

It's screening at Regency Granada Hills 9 (16830 Devonshire St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Click here for showtimes and tickets.

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